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Marching to Madness Episode 323: Virginia beat writer Jerry Ratcliffe

In Podcast by Ken Cross

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back Virginia Cavaliers beat writer Jerry Ratcliffe. Topics of discussion include: the creation of JerryRatcliffe.com, expectations for the Cavaliers after the loss to UMBC in last season’s NCAA Tournament, the 2-0 start for the team, why Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and De’Andre Hunter are set to keep …

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Myrtle Beach Invitational Previews: A look at the field

In College Basketball, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross St. Joseph’s vs. Wake Forest – 11:30 pm – ESPNU – The Demon Deacons are in the middle of a massive rebuild in the tough ACC where junior point guard Brandon Childress leads a freshman/sophomore-laden roster.  The 10 newcomers are the most on a Deacons roster since 2012-13…St. Joseph’s is a Top 3 pick across Atlantic 10 preseason …

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Radford Basketball: Highlanders tip Fighting Irish behind Tanner, Polite

In ACC, Big South Conference, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Coach Mike Jones has built the Radford Highlanders into a perennial Big South Conference contender so now the Highlanders are setting their sites on being a major player on the national level.  Wednesday night’s 63-60 win over rebuilding Notre Dame is a landmark win from the Highlanders after last season’s trip to the NCAA Tournament. Caleb Tanner …

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College Hoops Trifecta: Previews of Michigan-Villanova; Seton Hall-Nebraska; Marquette-Indiana

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

Gavitt Tipoff Games – Big Ten-Big East previews Michigan at Villanova – Both teams look a lot different than the two we saw playing for the national championship in March.  The Wildcats own a pair of wins over Quinnipiac and Morgan State while the Wolverines had no problem with Norfolk State and Holy Cross.  Phil Booth looks like the leader …

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Collins, Rideau key Bulls’ overtime win over Austin Peay

In AAC, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross South Florida guards David Collins and Laquincy Rideau took the lead roles on Monday night in the USF Bulls’ 74-70 win over Austin Peay in the Yuengling Center. The Governors had fought back from a 49-40 deficit with 7:58 to play and retook the lead on a Zach Glotta triple at 58-55 with 2:59 remaining.  Collins stayed …

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USC Basketball: Freshmen served as Trojans fall late to Commodores

In News, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Premiere freshmen were the order of the evening Sunday night in Vanderbilt’s 82-78 win over Southern Cal in Galen Center.  Darius Garland scored 19 points while Simi Shittu netted 14 and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Commodores outlasted USC, 82-78. USC’s heralded freshman guard Kevin Porter, Jr., had 12 of his 14 points in the first half …

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Marching to Madness Episode 322: ESPN analyst Mark Adams

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back ESPN college basketball analyst Mark Adams. Topics of discussion include: what’s stood out the most through the first week of the season, the impressive start for Conference USA, what went into building the conference’s new scheduling format, Wright State’s talented roster, where things stand after …

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Buffalo Basketball: Massinburg erupts as Bulls pass Mountaineers in overtime

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Buffalo Bulls were on opponents’ radars as the season began after another MAC championship and then a romp over Arizona in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last March.  Friday night was a reminder of what this season could mean for coach Nate Oats’ charges as Buffalo overcame a 13-points second half deficit and ran …

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Texas Basketball: Longhorns trip Hogs in overtime

In Big 12, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Freshman guard Courtney Ramey was a key piece of Texas coach Shaka Smart’s Top 10 recruiting class and he paid handsome dividends immediately on Friday night in the Longhorns’ 73-71 overtime win over Arkansas. Ramey ball-faked, took a lane to the rim and laid the ball high off the glass with 47 seconds remaining to give Texas …

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Marching to Madness Episode 321: Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams

In Podcast by Ken Cross

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back Hall of Fame basketball coach Gary Williams. Topics of discussion include: Maryland’s opening night win over Delaware, freshman sensation Jalen Smith, the possibilities for Duke after their huge victory over Kentucky, expectations going forward after the FBI trial, and much more. It’s another exciting episode …